Apple sues Samsung, Yahoo sues Facebook, Facebook countersues Yahoo. Oracle v.s Google. Microsoft v.s Google. That’s too much of suing in last year and this year. I sometimes wonder about this situation, some law court does for clear cases, some are stupid and some are totally crap.
He’s confusing four very different things here. First of all, he calls it “stealing”, but nothing is lost from the victim in the case of using the same idea. In fact, you can break this law without even knowing that someone else thought of the idea first. This is one of the biggest problems with patents; there is no good safe way to find out if any idea you come up with is patented or not. Most other crimes require intent, patent infringement does not.
It is actually weird for Yahoo to sue Facebook over some patent like this:
Only two of the 10 patents at issue are directly related to social networking technology. Most focus on online advertising, including methods for preventing “click fraud,” as well as privacy and technology for customizing the information users see on a Web page.
“If what Yahoo is saying is literally true, then it seems like a lot of companies would be liable,” said Shubha Ghosh, a professor who specializes in intellectual property at The University of Wisconsin Law School. But he added, much would depend on whether a judge defines the patents broadly or narrowly.
And as you can see, some patent infringement happens without an intent. That is crazy.
Some patents infringment should be sued. If Samsung lawyers cannot distinguish between a Samsung device and an Apple device, then well, Samsung does something very wrong.
Apple says Samsung’s blatantly ripped off its device designs. Not true, Samsung replies!Too bad its lawyer blew that argument harder than a hydrogen bomb blowjob: they couldn’t tell the difference between a Galaxy Tab and iPad. In court.
Law may need changing to adapt some new situations. And we are into the patent war, lawyers, it is your time now!